An exploratory assessment of the educational practices during COVID-19

Kumar, Vibhash and Verma, Ashima (2021) An exploratory assessment of the educational practices during COVID-19. Quality Assurance in Education, 29 (4). pp. 373-392. ISSN 9684883

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Purpose – This study aims to address the state of teaching-learning during the COVID-19 pandemic by assessing the pedagogies used, evidence collected, best practices used and technologies used for instruction by the academics in higher education institutions (HEIs). This study also analyses the impact of online academic motivation (OAM) and online academic amotivation of the teachers on the online student engagement (OSE) during the emergency remote teaching (ERT) period.

Design/methodology/approach – This study uses a mixed methodology by incorporating both qualitative and quantitative methods for analysis. Data used in this study have been drawn from a pool of educationists teaching in various HEIs in different parts of India (n = 900). Sentiment analysis, project map and mind map have been used to analyze the teachers’ experiences in the new teaching environment. Further, this study uses exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis and path analysis to measure and validate the study’s scales.

Findings – The combination of empirical and qualitative analysis captured the ERT model followed by the teachers. The overall experience of teachers regarding the online mode of teaching-learning is moderately positive. This study reports a direct positive and significant impact of teachers’ motivation on perceived student engagement in the online mode.

Originality/value – This research proposes and validates scales to measure perceived OSE and the teachers’ OAM. This study also establishes an impact assessment of the teachers’ motivation levels on the students’ engagement from an educator’s perspective.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: COVID-19 pandemic | Higher education | Online student engagement | Online teachers’ motivation | Online teaching-learning | Pedagogy | Perception | Quality assurance | Sentiment analysis | Stress | Surveys | Validation
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Health (Social sciences)
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Education
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Business School
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2021 10:51
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2021 07:30
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Funders: Centre for Teaching and Learning, Universiti Teknologi, Malaysia
Additional Information: The authors acknowledge the Teaching Learning Centre, Ramanujan College, University of Delhi for facilitating this research study.


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